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One bike per rider rule for 2010 announced in Jerez

One bike per rider rule for 2010 announced in Jerez

Changes made public by FIM President and Dorna CEO at Saturday press conference.

A series of regulation changes affecting the MotoGP World Championship were announced by FIM President Vito Ippolito and Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta at the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, with some of the modifications taking place during the 2009 season.

Messrs. Ippolito and Ezpeleta held a press conference for journalists covering this weekend’s action in southern Spain, explaining decisions made by the FIM, MSMA and Dorna.

The most immediate of changes is a modification to a previously established norm for 2009. Contracted riders will now be able to test their bikes at two designated post-race opportunities, following Grands Prix at Barcelona and Brno. Test riders will be able to put in laps at any time.

Another tweaked rule is that of engine number limitation, as a result of the cancellation of this year’s Hungarian round. The number of motors to be used by each rider for the last seven races has been limited to five, and the penalty for exceeding this number has been set at ten points. The number of engines available without penalty for the 2010 season will be six.

Subject to limitation in 2010 will be the amount of bikes in the garage, as from next season onwards there will be just one machine per rider. The minimum weight of the single bike will be 2kg more than permitted in the previous rules.

The regulatory bodies have also decided to prohibit the recruitment of new riders to factory teams as of next year, with rookies required to serve their apprenticeship with a satellite team.

The full regulation change document can be found on the FIM website.

MotoGP, 2009

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